Consolata Missionaries Commissions Priests to Set Up Mission
The Consolata missionaries have commissioned three priests to set up the very first Consolata mission in Angola. The three priests are Fr Fredy Gomez from Colombia, Fr Dani Romero from Venezuela and Fr Sylvester Ogutu from Kenya, reports CISA.
Fr Sylvestor Ogutu was one of the six priests and five deacons ordained Saturday February 15 at the Consolata Shrine Westlands.
While ordaining the eleven, Bishop Alfred Rotich, retired Bishop of the Military Ordinariate, urged Christians to help priests and deacons to live their lives to the full.
“You will live a life of poverty; you will promise obedience, you will live a life of celibacy. That you love all these people, all these women, all these girls, that you open your heart to them all that none claims that Father so loved me so much. You open your heart that the whole parish loves you, love them unconditionally. Love them because you have been offered to the Lord,” the Bishop told the new priests.
Fr Marco Marini, the Consolata missionaries’ counselor for Africa, in his speech thanked the bishop for agreeing to give the sacrament of Holy orders to the newly ordained.
“You will be sent to serve the kingdom of God in different parts of the world. The gift you have received is a gift to be shared with everyone but in a special way with the poorest and those who are living in the poorest places and in the peripheries of the world,” he told the new priests.
Fr Marino noted that 2014 is a special year for the Consolata missionaries as they celebrate the year of the founder, Blessed Joseph Allamano.
“It is not by coincidence that we the Consolata missionaries have decided to open two new missions in two different countries where we are not present; Angola and Taiwan. Kenya is privileged to have two Consolata missionaries being in the first team to open two new presences in two different countries,” said Fr Marino.
According to Fr Marino, the team to Angola is expected to leave for Mozambique by April 01 2014 and stay there for three months from where one of the Consolata missionaries’ continental councilors will accompany them into Angola by the end of June 2014.
Fr Mathews Odhiambo has been commissioned to work in Taiwan.
In attendance was Rev Fr Hieronymus Joya, the Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries.